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Lesson plans

Our lesson plans give you a series of activities to use in your classroom, including procedure and worksheets to download. The lessons can be accessed by most recent or by CEF level.

Dictionary skills for primary students

In this fun and engaging lesson plan for primary pupils aged 8 or over, you will find a quiz to help your learners develop their reading and dictionary skills, as well as a series of enjoyable tasks designed to promote group work.
 

Dictionary skills for secondary students

In this fun and enaging lesson plan for teenage students, you will find a quiz to help your learners develop their reading and dictionary skills, as well as a series of enjoyable and challenging tasks designed to promote group work and learner autonomy.

TeachingEnglish monthly lesson plan - World Cup

Football and motivation

Our monthly lesson for June focuses on the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and uses activities from the British Council's Premier Skills English website to look at the theme of motivation. Motivation is an essential part of learning a skill. This lesson combines traditional approaches to motivation with the role of a self-concept in motivation.

Space - the sun, moon, stars and planets

This lesson plan uses a number of online and downloadable resources from the LearnEnglish Kids website. In this lesson, children play a game using vocabulary about space, sing a song about travelling to the sun, listen and read a story about a fictional planet, and design their own story with support from a structured template, and then write about it.

Weird museums

In this lesson students practise word building in preparation for part 3 of the Use of English test in the FCE exam. Through a series of activities students will become more aware of word ‘families’, enabling them to do the Use of English (part 3) more successfully.

Monthly lesson plan - April 2014: Planning and writing a story

This lesson uses materials in the writing skills section on LearnEnglish Teens and focuses on helping students plan and write a story.

Monthly lesson plan - Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature and our monthly lesson plan for March looks at this event in more detail. Students watch a promotional video for Earth Hour, read a text about Earth Hour in the UK, and talk about issues related to the topic. Students listen to a song from the video as an extension activity.

Monthly lesson plan - Online safety

February 11th is Safer Internet Day. To help raise awareness of this important issue, our monthly lesson plan for February 2014 is all about online safety and young learners.

In this lesson, students start by talking about how they use the internet, they then watch a video about online safety and read about staying safe online. They do a speaking activity based on the video and the text, and finish by making a poster with their top tips for staying safe online.

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Little Beauty

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Little Beauty. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

Peas!

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Peas! It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

Photographs

What photos have you got on your mobile? Do you keep pictures in your purse or wallet? Have you got a photograph on your identity card? This lesson gives students the chance to talk about their photos and then write a description of a favourite picture.

Rain

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Rain. It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

Shopping - different shops

This lesson reviews vocabulary relating to everyday shopping and introduces different shop names. Students practise speaking and listening using these items in a meaningful context. They then write short sentences about different shops.

Shopping - habits

Shopping – in a Café

This lesson presents vocabulary relating to cafés. They also practise reading and ordering instructions and a short dialogue. They practise a short role-play.

Storytelling: Carnival crime

Stories are a highly adaptable teaching tool and can be used in a variety of ways to teach a variety of skills.

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All about me

This lesson provides students with a live listening on the topic of the teacher’s personal interests and opinions. The students then use this as a model to chat about similar topics with their classmates using basic tenses and a variety of structures.

Card games

What card games do you know? Do you like playing games? In this lesson, students read about how to play a card game called ‘Snap’. They practise expressions for playing games and then have the chance to write instructions for a game. You need at least one pack of playing cards for this lesson.

Class journals

This lesson plan looks at one way class journals might be set up in order to introduce students to the idea and to get them working with journals

How green are you?

This lesson looks at ways the learners can take to reduce their impact on climate change. Learners will carry out two surveys and summarise their findings as a report.

Is it because?

This is a series of activities and related worksheets for you to download and use with the storybook Is it because? It forms part of the Promoting diversity through children’s literature series, produced by the British Council Teaching Centre in Paris.

It’s 12.00 O’clock! A speaking lesson with no materials

This is a drawing and speaking activity that is fun to use with primary classes to revise the present continuous form. It is easy to set up and requires no preparation or materials, except a board and a board pen.

Monthly lesson plan - Free time with primary students

In this lesson, designed for primary students, children practise playground vocabulary, sing a song about the playground, listen to a story about a dog in the park, and play an online game. They also practise speaking and writing about their free time activities. The song and the story have activity sheets and answer sheets to download and print.

Photographs

What photos have you got on your mobile? Do you keep pictures in your purse or wallet? Have you got a photograph on your identity card? This lesson gives students the chance to talk about their photos and then write a description of a favourite picture.

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A Content and Language Integrated Learning Lesson

In previous methodology articles I have outlined the theory behind Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and provided a framework for CLIL-type lessons, particularly suited to learners studying content-based subjects in English or as part of a bilingual education programme.

Advertisement storyboard

In this lesson students produce a storyboard for an advertisement. It's suitable for pre-intermediate level and above. The exercises in this lesson introduce some of the elements of advertisements such as slogans.

All about me

This lesson provides students with a live listening on the topic of the teacher’s personal interests and opinions. The students then use this as a model to chat about similar topics with their classmates using basic tenses and a variety of structures.

April Fool

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out about what happens on April Fool’s Day, April 1st, in the UK. It’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable to play jokes on your friends and colleagues.

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Big numbers!

Lots of our students have problems with big numbers. Sometimes they don’t know where to say ‘and’. Sometimes they confuse numbers like ‘sixteen’ and ‘sixty’. In this lesson students revise big numbers in a fun way. First they play a guessing game, then they play Bingo! They finish with a pair work jigsaw reading activity.

UK map

Born, bread and buttered in London

In this lesson students hear a man being interviewed about his life in London. He talks about the different parts of London he has lived in and how things have changed in these areas.

Branding and brand names

This is an integrated skills lesson which involves some discussion, reading and writing. It explores the area of 'brands' and the associations we have with particular brand names.

Card games

What card games do you know? Do you like playing games? In this lesson, students read about how to play a card game called ‘Snap’. They practise expressions for playing games and then have the chance to write instructions for a game. You need at least one pack of playing cards for this lesson.

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A night out in Newcastle

Reading can sometimes be a very solitary experience and many teachers prefer to get students to do it at home, but with the right kind of text and the right tasks, reading can be turned into a fun, collaborative and communicative experience.

A Content and Language Integrated Learning Lesson

In previous methodology articles I have outlined the theory behind Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and provided a framework for CLIL-type lessons, particularly suited to learners studying content-based subjects in English or as part of a bilingual education programme.

A food festival

When students are going to do a listening activity, it is useful to get them thinking about the topic of the listening beforehand. That way they can reactivate and extend their store of vocabulary. In this lesson, students first discuss the topic of food festivals, then they focus on their listening skills in preparation for part 2 of the FCE listening test.

Advertisement storyboard

In this lesson students produce a storyboard for an advertisement. It's suitable for pre-intermediate level and above. The exercises in this lesson introduce some of the elements of advertisements such as slogans.

UK map

Born, bread and buttered in London

In this lesson students hear a man being interviewed about his life in London. He talks about the different parts of London he has lived in and how things have changed in these areas.

Branding and brand names

This is an integrated skills lesson which involves some discussion, reading and writing. It explores the area of 'brands' and the associations we have with particular brand names.

Climate change

This lesson is about climate change and encourages students to think about their attitudes towards the environment.

Climate change overview

In this lesson students will gain an overview of what climate change is. They will read some short texts, exchange information and make notes. They will also learn some useful vocabulary on the topic.

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Consumer society

The aim of this lesson is to give students practice in reading for information and argument in an article about consumer society and give them an opportunity to discuss their opinions about the topic

Cooking in Britain Today

This lesson consists of a series of activities to help students talk about food and cooking.The main focus of the lesson is a text based on a recent survey in the UK indicating that British people are becoming more adventurous and experimental in their cooking and eating habits due to the growing popularity of cooking programmes. This lesson should challenge stereotypes of British food and encourage students to discuss their own preferences and attitudes towards food and restaurants.

Destination - England

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about England. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the four countries that make up the UK.

Destination - Northern Ireland

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about Northern Ireland. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the countries that make up the UK.

Destination - Scotland

This lesson gives students the opportunity to find out more about Scotland. It is one of a collection of four Destination UK lesson plans that look at the four countries that make up the UK.

Dorset life

This lesson is part of a series of plans based on interviews with people from around the UK. It focuses on developing students' knowledge of a part of the UK, as well as practising their vocabulary and listening skills.

Learning styles

Not only does this lesson allow learners to practise their listening skills by listening to other non-native speakers discussing the way they learn, it also gives them the opportunity to put what they hear immediately into practice.

Litter poem

This lesson introduces learners to some of the main issues related to litter, through poetry, and raises awareness of what can be done to reduce it.

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